A comprehensive, weekly recap of the news and events that define ASD’s work and mission.

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join ASD, the Government of Canada, and Microsoft on Wednesday, April 14 at 12:15 p.m. EDT/6:15 p.m. CET for the launch of a Paris Call compendium on countering election interference with Canada’s Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs [...]

2021-04-13T16:40:26-04:00April 13, 2021|By |

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Announcements We're excited to welcome Maurice Turner to the team as our new cybersecurity fellow! He most recently provided technical expertise to the Election Assistance Commission and has worked with local, state, and federal partners to identif [...]

2021-04-07T09:56:34-04:00April 6, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements We are thrilled to announce Laura Thornton as ASD’s new director! She brings deep knowledge of and experience with strengthening democracy around the world. Our Take For nearly a year, our team has documented steps that government, [...]

2021-04-05T11:54:25-04:00March 30, 2021|By |

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Our Take Ahead of the Biden administration’s first face-to-face meeting with top Chinese officials last week, China Analyst Bryce Barros noted that a reset is unlikely, and Emerging Technologies Fellow Lindsay Gorman explained why Beijing’s “divide [...]

2021-03-24T09:27:01-04:00March 23, 2021|By |

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Announcement In case you missed it, we analyzed more than 35,000 Russian, Chinese, and Iranian vaccine-related messages captured on our Hamilton 2.0 dashboard to understand the impact of these information operations. Tweet us your question to recei [...]

2021-03-16T17:02:41-04:00March 16, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Russia, China, and Iran have been carrying out information operations to manipulate narratives around coronavirus vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. In a new report, we analyze more than 35,000 vaccine-related messages c [...]

2021-03-09T16:26:19-05:00March 9, 2021|By |

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Our Take A network of obscure, English-language "news sites" spread disinformation alleging that Ukrainian soldiers died after testing an experimental U.S. coronavirus vaccine. This narrative benefited one entity above all others: the Kremlin, Non- [...]

2021-03-03T11:00:00-05:00March 3, 2021|By |

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Announcement Join GMF and the Slovak Embassy in the United States on Thursday, February 25 for a discussion on Slovak and U.S. efforts to strengthen democracy and combat corruption and kleptocracy with Slovakian Justice Minister Mária Kolíková, GMF [...]

2021-02-23T16:29:27-05:00February 23, 2021|By |

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Our Take To combat corruption and kleptocracy, the Biden administration should push for a landmark international agreement to end offshore financial secrecy everywhere, Malign Finance Fellow Josh Rudolph said on “The Power Vertical.” Artificial int [...]

2021-02-16T17:43:38-05:00February 16, 2021|By |

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Announcements Today we expanded the Authoritarian Interference Tracker to include activities by China’s government to undermine democratic states and institutions in the transatlantic community since 2000. In addition to tracking acts of Russian in [...]

2021-02-09T15:54:47-05:00February 9, 2021|By |

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Our Take President Biden should establish a Presidential Commission on Election Resilience and Trust to identify best practices and make recommendations to ensure that more Americans believe our elections are legitimate, Elections Integrity Fellow [...]

2021-02-02T15:54:01-05:00February 2, 2021|By |

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Announcements On 5G, is Germany selling out Europe to China? Tune in for GMF’s 30-minue live snap debate with MEP Reinhard Bütikofer and the Atlantic Council’s Julia Friedlander, moderated by Senior Fellow Kristine Berzina, on Wednesday, January 27 [...]

2021-01-27T09:23:56-05:00January 26, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Congratulations to ASD founder and Director Laura Rosenberger, who has been selected as senior director for China at the National Security Council. We are excited for her and thankful for her leadership and vision over the past four y [...]

2021-01-19T17:16:33-05:00January 19, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Germany’s efforts to defend its September elections from foreign interference, particularly stemming from Russia, will be important to watch this year, Elections Integrity Fellow David Levine writes in a GMF blog post. Hamilton 2.0 Analys [...]

2021-01-19T10:05:04-05:00January 12, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take We asked each of our experts to put forth one recommendation that would make the United States—and the community of liberal democracies to which it belongs—safer, stronger, and freer in 2021. Here’s what they said. To help overcome partisa [...]

2021-01-08T14:21:00-05:00January 5, 2021|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements The Securing Democracy Dispatch will be on hiatus next week. We will return to your inbox on January 5, 2021. Our Take We asked each of our experts to put forth one recommendation that would make the United States—and the community [...]

2020-12-22T14:22:42-05:00December 22, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take ICYMI, last week we hosted a discussion with Jessica Brandt, Eric Edelman, Samantha Power, and Kori Schake on steps the United States can take to regain the initiative in the emerging competition with autocracies. One big takeaway: Strengt [...]

2020-12-16T09:25:30-05:00December 15, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join us for a virtual discussion with Jessica Brandt, Eric Edelman, Samantha Power, and Kori Schake on how the United States can succeed in a persistent, asymmetric competition with authoritarians on Thursday, December 10 at 10:30am E [...]

2020-12-09T11:32:23-05:00December 8, 2020|By |

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Announcements Thank you for being a subscriber and friend to ASD. We hope you will consider supporting our bipartisan work during this season of giving. Your contribution will advance cutting-edge research and support tools such as the Hamilton 2.0 [...]

2020-12-02T10:18:44-05:00December 1, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Thank you for being a subscriber and friend to ASD. We hope you will consider supporting our bipartisan work during this season of giving. Your contribution will advance cutting-edge research and support tools such as the Hamilton 2.0 [...]

2020-11-25T09:16:05-05:00November 24, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take European reliance on Russian natural gas serves as a cautionary tale of what could come if Europe becomes dependent on China for 5G technology—although the risks this time around are higher, and Europe has significantly less time to addres [...]

2020-11-17T16:04:33-05:00November 17, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take ICYMI, in mid-2020, ASD convened a bipartisan task force of 30 leading experts to devise a national strategy for the United States to regain the initiative in the emerging competition against autocracies. Our new report builds upon the tas [...]

2020-11-10T15:56:32-05:00November 10, 2020|By |

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Our Take The next generation of Internet technologies will have an outsized impact on the geopolitical contest between democracy and authoritarianism. Democracies will need to take a multilateral, values-based approach to the development and use of [...]

2020-10-28T09:42:52-04:00October 27, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take This summer, ASD convened a group of experts for a simulation to assess how government, social media platforms, and campaigns’ policies and practices have adapted to face foreign interference since 2016. The exercise revealed that while si [...]

2020-10-20T15:19:23-04:00October 20, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Is the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran working? Tune in for GMF’s 30-minute live snap debate with Richard Nephew and Mark Dubowitz, moderated by ASD Middle East Fellow Ariane Tabatabai, on Thursday, October 15 [...]

2020-10-13T17:00:35-04:00October 13, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Please join GMF for a virtual discussion with U.S. election officials on preparations different states are making to mitigate election security risks on Monday, October 12, at 10:00am EDT/4:00pm CEST. Register here. Our Take Malign [...]

2020-10-07T10:06:04-04:00October 6, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 10:00am EDT/4:00pm CEST/5:00pm EEST for an interactive, virtual discussion on the threat malign financial activity poses to democracies across the transatlantic space, co-hosted by the European Centre [...]

2020-09-30T12:36:38-04:00September 30, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 10:00am EDT/4:00pm CEST/5:00pm EEST for an interactive, virtual discussion on the threat malign financial activity poses to democracies across the transatlantic space, co-hosted by the European Centre [...]

2020-09-23T12:54:03-04:00September 23, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Co-Directors Zack Cooper and Laura Rosenberger will join the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware for a virtual conversation on election security and combating disinformation on September 21 at 7:00pm EDT. Register here.  Ou [...]

2020-09-15T14:14:58-04:00September 15, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Should Chinese diplomats be banned on Twitter? Tune in for GMF’s 30-minute live snap debate with U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher and Member of the European Parliament Miriam Lexmann, moderated by ASD’s Emerging Technologies Fellow [...]

2020-09-08T16:52:45-04:00September 8, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Co-director Zack Cooper and Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow Bret Schafer will join The City Club of Cleveland to discuss foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections and election security during the coronavirus pandemic. Tu [...]

2020-09-02T11:15:03-04:00September 2, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcement Watch CFR’s Instagram story on Wednesday, 2:00pm ET/8:00pm CET for an Instagram live conversation with Director Laura Rosenberger.  Our Take To successfully push back on authoritarianism, the United States needs to show that democrac [...]

2020-08-25T15:56:21-04:00August 25, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements In the most comprehensive global study to date of how covert foreign money is used to interfere in democracies, Malign Finance Fellow Josh Rudolph and Research Assistant Thomas Morley track over 100 cases of malign financial interfere [...]

2020-08-19T10:51:31-04:00August 19, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take In a joint report with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow Bret Schafer finds numerous similarities in the behavior, narratives, and specific messages promoted by a network of hundreds of thousands [...]

2020-08-12T11:59:32-04:00August 12, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take The United States is capable of conducting safe, secure, and auditable elections in November, especially if states receive additional funding from Congress, Elections Integrity Fellow David Levine explained in his testimony to the House Ho [...]

2020-08-05T13:26:28-04:00August 4, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take As countries rush to change their electoral systems to account for the coronavirus pandemic, challenges to Poland’s recent elections provide some lessons for others, Elections Integrity Fellow David Levine, Fellow and Program Manager Nad’a [...]

2020-07-28T13:03:49-04:00July 28, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take To counter authoritarian information manipulation and control, the United States needs to support free expression and harness innovation through organizations like the Open Technology Fund, Emerging Technologies Fellow Lindsay Gorman and K [...]

2020-07-21T15:49:12-04:00July 21, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Take Beijing’s coronavirus-related assistance to Europe was less about altruism than about deflecting criticism away from the Chinese authorities' handling of the pandemic, promoting China's image as a global leader, and fostering business and [...]

2020-07-15T09:49:50-04:00July 14, 2020|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join the German Marshall Fund on Thursday, July 9, for a panel discussion featuring Congresswoman Debra Haaland on possible strategies, policies, and challenges to eliminating all forms of discrimination and prejudice to ensure equali [...]

2020-07-08T11:40:54-04:00July 8, 2020|By |
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